Broncovit Tablet 10
Benfotiamine Benfotiamine is a derivative of vitamin B1 (i.e. thiamine) which is used to treat vitamin B1 deficiency. It corrects metabolic disorders such as Leigh's disease, maple syrup urine, etc. Benfotiamine is also given for the treatment of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, a brain disorder. Mecobalamin Mecobalamin is a form of vitamin B12 which is used to treat vitamin B12 deficiency. It is also used in the treatment of pernicious anemia. Methylcobalamin deficiency is seen in patients with fish tapeworm infestation, a malignancy of pancreas or bowel and folic acid deficiency. Alpha-lipoic acid Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant used as an effective aid for weight loss, treating diabetic nerve pain, healing wounds, lowering blood sugar, and improving skin discoloration. Additionally, it is also used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and nerve problems. It is also used to treat symptoms of eye related diseases. Inositol Inositol is an isomer of glucose but is considered as vitamin B. It is used for the treatment and management of diabetic nerve pain and panic disorder. It reduces high cholesterol levels and also prevents insomnia. It reduces the symptoms of depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It promotes hair growth. It decreases the symptoms of psoriasis, a skin disorder. It is used to reverse the side effects of lithium. Chromium Chromium is a mineral found in certain foods. It works together with insulin to metabolize carbohydrates. Chromium Polynicotinate is used as an aid in controlling blood sugars levels, to lower cholesterol, and as a weight loss supplement. Selenium Selenium helps to reduce the risk of autoimmune thyroid disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It is used to reduce the cholesterol levels. Selenium is also useful for the prevention of grey hair, mood disorders, infertility, cataracts, macular degeneration and miscarriage.
Mode of drug action :
Benfotiamine Benfotiamine acts by combining with an energy molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This forms a coenzyme required for the metabolism of carbohydrates, thus, producing necessary products for the body. Mecobalamin Mecobalamin plays an important role in the cell growth, cell reproduction, hematopoiesis, and myelin synthesis (in the nerves). It works in conjugation with folic acid and enhances the synthesis of DNA. Mecobalamin maintains the functions of bone marrow and enhances the production of red blood cells. It is also required for the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, and protein. Deficiency of methylcobalamin can decrease the metabolism of folic acid and can lead to folic acid deficiency. Alpha-lipoic acid Alpha-lipoic acid prevents cell damage and restores vitamin levels such as vitamin E, and vitamin C. It also improves the conduction and functioning of neurons in diabetes. Inositol Inositol maintains neurohormonal balance and reduces the symptoms of neurological disorders. Chromium Chromium is an essential trace nutrient that induces insulin action, thus influencing carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism. Selenium Selenium plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It has antioxidant activity and prevents the cell damage. It reduces the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
What are the common side effects?
Benfotiamine Benfotiamine does not usually cause side effects at its normal dose. At larger doses, the possible side effects are hot flashes, tingling, shortness of breath, and bluish skin. Mecobalamin The common side effects of mecobalamin are stomach pain, bleeding from the gums or nose, bluish discoloration of the lips and fingernails, chest pain, cough, decreased urine output, difficulty in breathing, eye pain, fatigue, and increased heartbeat. Alpha-lipoic acid The common side effects of alpha-lipoic acid are a headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, confusion, irritability, dizziness, fast heart rate, and feeling jittery. Inositol The side effects of inositol are nausea, tiredness, headache, and dizziness. Chromium The decrease in the chromium levels causes side effects such as renal failure, headaches, nausea, mood changes, impaired thinking, and impaired co-ordination. Selenium The most common side effects of selenium are bad breath, fever, nausea, and vomiting.
Pregnancy: Safe under medical guidance Breast feeding: Safe under medical guidance Alcohol: Unsafe Kidney dysfunction: Caution required Liver dysfunction: Caution required
Special precautions for safe use
• Avoid Broncovit if an allergic reaction was seen in the past with any of the ingredients.
• In the case of pregnancy, plan for pregnancy and lactation, ask a doctor before using Broncovit. This is to ensure the safety of the drug to the baby.
• Broncovit medicine can interact with other drugs. So, ask a doctor before using any other medicines along with Broncovit drug.
• For the information such as Broncovit benefits and side effects, refer to the label.
What else should I know?
1. Can I take benfotiamine during pregnancy? It is likely safe to take benfotiamine during pregnancy, within the prescribed dose. Ask your doctor before taking the medicine.
2. What is the dose of benfotiamine? About 300-600 mg of benfotiamine is usually taken orally, in two separate doses.
3. Should I take benfotiamine with food? Yes. You need to take benfotiamine with food for a better absorption of the drug.
4. What should I do if I miss a dose of benfotiamine? Take the missed dose soon as you remember. But if it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed one and take the next at its regular schedule.
5. How to store benfotiamine tablets? Store the tablets away from heat, light and moisture, below 30 degrees Celsius. Do not use them after the expiry date. Mecobalamin
1. What dietary restrictions should I follow while taking methylcobalamin supplements? You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking methylcobalamin supplements.
2. Is it safe to give methylcobalamin supplements for children? Yes, methylcobalamin supplements are safe for children. They are prescribed for the treatment of pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency in the infants and children.
3. Can I take methylcobalamin supplements during pregnancy? Yes, you can take methylcobalamin supplements during pregnancy as it promotes the growth of red blood cells in the mother and fetus.
4. Should I undergo any test while taking methylcobalamin supplements? Methylcobalamin supplements may decrease potassium levels in patients with severe methylcobalamin deficiency.
5. When can I stop taking the methylcobalamin medicine? Do not stop the medication unless prescribed by the doctor, as methylcobalamin has rebound effects. Alpha lipoic acid
1. What are the drugs that may interact with alpha lipoic acid? The medications such as insulin, levothyroxine, and chemotherapy drugs may interact with alpha-lipoic acid.
2. Is alpha lipoic acid sold as an herbal supplement? Yes, alpha lipoic acid is sold as an herbal supplement. It has to be bought from a reliable source to reduce the risk of contamination.
3. Does alpha lipoic acid treat vitiligo? Yes, alpha lipoic acid along with other medications can treat vitiligo.
4. Can I gain/lose weight by alpha lipoic acid? You may lose weight by using alpha lipoic acid.
5. What is the recommended dose for alpha lipoic acid? The dosage of alpha lipoic acid depends on the purpose you are using it. Consult your doctor before using the drug. Inositol
1. What dietary restrictions should I follow while taking inositol? You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking inositol.
2. Is inositol a carbohydrate or vitamin? Inositol is a pseudo-vitamin. It is found in plants and animals. It tastes like a sweet but its sweetness is less than that of the sugar. It is mostly found in the fruits like organs and cantaloupe.
3. Can I take inositol supplements during pregnancy? Pregnant and lactating females should not take inositol as it may show ill effects on the unborn.
4. Can I take inositol for sleep? Yes. Inositol promotes sleep and treats insomnia.
5. Can I take any other medications along with inositol? You must discuss with your doctor before taking any other medications. Chromium
1. Is chromium safe during pregnancy? Yes, chromium is safe during pregnancy.
2. Does chromium cause leather contact allergy? Yes, chromium causes leather contact allergy.
3. Does chromium causes depression? Yes, chromium might affect brain chemistry and may cause depression.
4. Is chromium safe in children? Yes, chromium is safe in children.
5. What are the drugs that may interact with chromium? Chromium may interact with the drugs such as NSAIDs, insulin, and levothyroxine. Selenium
1. How should I store selenium supplements? Selenium supplements should be stores at room temperature away from direct sunlight and moisture.
2. Is selenium safe for pregnant and lactating females? Yes. Selenium is safe for pregnant and lactating females. However, consult your physician before taking the medication.
3. Can I take any other medications along with selenium supplements? You must discuss with your doctor before taking any other medications.
4. What are the dietary sources of selenium? High levels of selenium can be found in fish, shell fish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken, and liver.
5. Is selenium useful for the treatment of anemia? Yes, selenium is prescribed in combination with other medications for the treatment of anemia.